Catriona Gray: From the ‘World’ to the ‘Universe’
MANILA, Philippines — After Catriona Gray took on the world, she conquered the universe.
The Filipino-Australian beauty was crowned as Miss Universe 2018 on Monday at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
The beauty from Albay started her journey in the pageant world when she joined the Miss World Philippines in August 2016 to represent Albay.
She won the pageant and this led her to join the Miss World 2016 where she finished with a spot at the Top 5.
In March 2018, Gray took a second shot at winning a national pageant by joining Binibining Pilipinas 2018 where she was named Miss Universe Philippines 2018.
Gray made history in the Philippine beauty pageantry as the first woman to be named as both Miss World Philippines and Miss Universe Philippines.
But what makes Gray truly deserving of the crown are the advocacies she has been championing: education for youth and HIV/AIDS awareness.
At 22, Catriona joined Young Focus, a non-profit organization that works in supporting the education, nutrition, and social welfare of the kids from the community that are in their program.
She even released a song dedicated to children living in abject poverty in Tondo, Manila titled “We’re in This Together.”
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#WereInThisTogether is out today on all digital platforms worldwide. 😭💛🇵🇭 You can download my debut single ‘We’re In This Together’ now on SPOTIFY, iTunes and other digital platforms in partnership with Young Focus International. All proceeds go straight to @youngfocusph 💙 The song was written and composed by Marcus Davis and produced by Young Focus International for the latter’s advocacy of helping the children and communities who live in abject poverty in Tondo area. Young Focus International is a non-profit organization that works in supporting the education, nutrition, and social welfare of the kids from the community that are in their program. #WereInThisTogether #CatrionaGray #CornertoneMusic #YoungFocus
Gray has also been active in her volunteer work for Love Yourself Philippines, an organization dedicated to HIV awareness, education, counselling and testing.
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HIVAIDS Campus Tour in Puerto Princesa Palawan 🎗️🇵🇭 I absolutely loved being able to interact and educate all of the amazing young college students yesterday and share my passion for my HIVAIDS advocacy. 💛 Thank you @loveyourself.ph for giving me the opportunity to do what I love! Video coming soon @jololuarca ✨🇵🇭💙
Gray bagged the country’s fourth Miss Universe title, following Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973 and Gloria Diaz in 1969. /je
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